Pink Monkey Knits
Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!
Friday, June 02, 2006
Having experienced the relaxing qualities of a lavender-filled eye bag in my yoga classes, I decided to test my nascent design skills by making one myself. In addition to being simply constructed and a great introduction to cables, this pattern is also a great excuse to buy or use only one skein of a luxurious yarn; a small skein of handspun would fit this pattern perfectly!
Yarn: 1 ball Karabella Aurora 8 (100% merino wool, 50 g/98 yards) I only used 1/2 - 2/3 of the ball
Needles: size 8. DPNS, 2 circulars or 1 long circular to use for your preferred method of knitting in the round. I recommend 2 circulars because you can use the resting needle as a cable needle.
Notions: Darning needle, cable needle or dpn, non-wool waste yarn, old pair of pantyhose or trouser socks, approximately 1 cup flax seeds or small beans (mung, split peas, etc), approximately 1/4 cup lavender flowers
Gauge: Mine turned out to be 5.5 sts/in, but it isn't very important. Use a needle appropriate for the yarn.
Finished dimensions: Approximately 2.5" by 9"
CO 16 st and work 4 rows in St st, starting with a RS row. Next row: K 16, pick up 4 sts on left side of knitted piece, pu 16 sts on CO edge, pu 4 sts on right side. PM and begin knitting in the round, working 1 row in St st.
Start Cable pattern:
Rows 1-8: *K8, P2, K8, P2, repeat from *
Row 9: *C8B, P2, C8F, P2, repeat from *
Row 10: *K8, P2, K8, P2, repeat from *
C8F = Slip 4 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K4, then K the 4 sts. off cable needle.
C8B = Slip 4 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to back of work. K4, then K the 4 sts. off cable needle.
Work Cable Pattern 6 times or until pouch is desired length. Slip next 24 sts onto non-wool waste yarn. Returning to straight knitting, work next 16 sts in St st for 5 rows, then slip those sts onto waste yarn. Cut yarn, leaving about a foot long tail.
Wash and block pouch to desired dimensions. Cut pantyhose or sock to about 3/4" shorter than pouch length. Mix seeds or beans and lavender flowers, and fill pantyhose or sock about three-quarters full. Knot the top securely and carefully stuff sock into knitted pouch. Using yarn tail, put in a few back stitches on right side of knitted piece, graft stitches on waste yarn and put in a few more back stitches on left side.
Lay back, put the bag over your eyes, breath in the fresh scent and push all those thoughts out of your mind. Aaaahhhh.....
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